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Radar Detector

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by tarheelfan_08, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. Jul 13, 2008 at 9:33 PM
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    I have been wanting to get a radar detector for my truck! Does anybody got one for sell or have any suggestions on a good one to get? I am wanting to just a get a cheap one for now and see how good it works!
     
  2. Jul 13, 2008 at 10:09 PM
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    Here is a good website. Retired police officer operates the site. While he has links to purchase radar detectors. I would use the web to find better deals.

    www.RadarBusters.com

    I wouldn't go to cheap. I would look in the neighborhood of spending $175-$250 for a good one. Radar detectors do work & the technology is getting better every year. These things have been around a long time.

    Before you buy read the info about radar detectors:
    http://www.radarbusters.com/radar-detector-info.cfm

    I had a cobra that I paid $100 for. It died on me after 3 years & I didn't know it. The lights still came on. I was driving with it for a month & noticed it wasn't working as I passed a cop that was shooting laser(lucky I wasn't speeding enough for him to come after me). I had one before that I paid $200 & it lasted forever. I had to upgrade because it was old technology and didn't cover all the bands.
     
  3. Jul 13, 2008 at 10:52 PM
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    Many view the Passport 8500 X50 and Valentine V1 to be the top 2. the X50 is a bit cheaper than the V1 I think...but it's still around $300. IMO I wouldn't buy one for like $100 then decide it isn't working well enough and buy a good one, I'd buy a good one from the start. I mean, if you speed it will pay itself off within 2 times it goes off.
     
  4. Jul 13, 2008 at 11:06 PM
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    I'm always told that if you get a radar detector, go for one that gives the direction the signal is coming from. IIRC, the only one that does that (so far) is the Valentine One (as mentioned above).
     
  5. Jul 13, 2008 at 11:15 PM
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  7. Jul 14, 2008 at 6:30 AM
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    If you're only going to spend $35 on a detector when everyone else on here has said to spend no less than $175 or so, then why not just slow down and watch your speed? You're betting the cost of speeding tickets and points on something that costs less than the minimum ticket you'll ever get.

    Just buck up and get a GOOD one as mentioned above, or learn to drive without one.

    Personally, I do better without one. Just watching my speed, knowing where cops hide, blending with traffic, following a rabbit, etc. Just use common sense and save money on gas, a detector, tickets, and insurance.
     
  8. Jul 14, 2008 at 6:41 AM
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    Good advice!! !!! Rules to live by:)
     
  9. Jul 14, 2008 at 7:00 AM
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    Thanks. :D Not to mention, the cops don't see a detector sitting on my dash and know I'm intentionally trying to speed without getting caught. Probably more willing to let me slide on being a few over going down a hill or getting a running start for the next one.
     
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  11. Jul 14, 2008 at 7:18 AM
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    letting someone faster run ahead and get pulled over first or watch the brakes light up when they see a cop or their detector goes off.
     
  12. Jul 14, 2008 at 9:05 AM
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    you know whats fun?

    instant on radar antennas :D

    we can get your speed and turn the antenna off again before your detector even knows you've been hit

    good luck with those detectors nowadays :rolleyes:

    just slow down...its safer, saves gas, and you wont get pulled for speeding :eek:
     
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    That's why I fail to see the point in spending money on a detector unless you can also jam it. :D Sure, it probably helps in those areas (like where I grew up) where the cops ride around shooting radar all the time, but how much do they help with instant on? I suppose if they tag someone ahead of you then you might pick it up, but if the cop just lies in wait only tagging a few then you're done. Not to mention, if they wait for someone they KNOW is speeding just to get a number to put on the ticket then it doesn't help you either since they'll pull out, nail that person, then go back to hiding.

    No one's reaction time is fast enough to slow down after getting tagged. And even if you are the cop will point out the skid marks you left on the road. :laugh:

    I find it easier to just cruise 5-10 over with traffic. On my commute to work I've tried speeding and just got held up with other traffic, school buses, 2 lower speed sections, red lights and stop signs. So all the people I passed were right behind me. So now I just cruise slower and even let the car coast in neutral on a couple hills to save gas since I'll need to slow down in a few hundred feet anyway. :D

    And FWIW, I've had several speeding tickets before and all with radar detectors that never went off.
     
  14. Jul 14, 2008 at 9:31 AM
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    I don't bother with a radar detector. I'm interested in saving gas now. But, back when I didn't care, I would just go slower than the other speeders.
     
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    bingo...plus (at least in sc) in order to be radar certified you have to be able to estimate the speed of your target within 3 or 4 mph...so...we can sit there all day long and eyeball you and then...like PT said...use radar to put a number on it...

    we can also pace a vehicle...or use those white lines on the interstate...

    dont waste your money...you may *feel* more comfy with one...but just remember constant on radar aint our only trick

    fwiw i have a cobra something frm before i was le...and we've hit it with instant on and it doesnt even know ive been tagged...

    and when you get pulled regardless...that warning you *may* have bee able to talk yourself into has been thrown out the window when we see one of those on the windshield

    just my 2 cents...take it fwiw
     
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    I have used the rabbit technique for years, just follow a good pace behind a speeding car. Now-a-days I am trying to save gas, cruising at 55 whenever possible.
     
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    The nice thing about the V1 is they make an addon that conceals the actual detector and there is a much smaller display that you can hide.

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    The Radar detector I have is a Jamming unit. I had a buddy of mine radar me to see what it did. He said that his display showed 120 mph, then 10 mph, etc. I was going 45. We did this, as the day before, I had it installed on my bike, and I was driveing down a street and as I was approaching an LEO monitoring traffic, I saw him radar me, my detector lit up like a christmas tree, then the LEO looked at his radar, looked up at me, looked at the radar again as I passed. I dont speed more than 10 or so over the posted limit, but the times that I have gone a "little" faster, I havent been nailed with my detector plugged in, and on. The one tiket I did get, was when I forgot to turn the detector on. :)
     
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    what type do you have? and what was the price on it??
     
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